Rank #1: BEST OF THE STORY: Grizzly Bear Attack [10.1.2013]
Joe Williams was a 20-year-old looking for adventure at Montana’s Glacier National Park when he ran into a grizzly bear and it mauled him. Also in this show: On the weekend when the hurricane hit the shore, Mike Petro was in his home in Gulfport, Miss. He survived the storm by riding on the roofs of houses that were swept away by the storm surge; and when Miriam Novogrodsky was 8, her father decided to take the family on the only vacation it ever had: a three-week hitchhiking trip.
Rank #2: Maxed Out On Everest [10.14.2013]
Hundreds of people are now attempting to climb Mt. Everest every year. National Geographic's Mark Jenkins says the mountain, once tackled only by professional climbers, has become accessible to anyone who can afford to pay to go up and down. And as a result, the mountain is being ruined by garbage, human excrement, and even bodies of deceased climbers. Also in this show, we learn about a new kind of aircraft, the “Aeroscraft." It’s a space-age looking machine that’s almost as big as a football field and able to carry 50 tons or more.
Rank #3: Growing Up With Anne Frank [7.29.2013]
A childhood friend of Anne Frank remembers a vibrant, curious girl. Also in this show: Robert Macfarlane reads from his latest book, "The Old Ways: A Journey On Foot."
Rank #4: Inside The Mind Of A CIA Analyst [8.26.2013]
Cindy Storer, one of the CIA analysts who tracked Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda before Sept. 11, talks about the reported chatter of terrorist attacks at U.S. embassies and the world of intelligence gathering. Also in this show: as a young black Haitian-American, Constantin Severe had enough run-ins with the police to be wary of them. But when he grew up to become a public defender, he learned to trust officers.
Rank #5: An American And Stalin’s Family [7.25.2013]
While reporting in Moscow during the Cold War, American journalist George Krimsky found himself entangled in the personal drama of the Stalin family. Also in this show: how the first and only women's professional baseball league came into existence during World War II; and how sound designers make sports sound exciting - even if they have to fake it.
Rank #6: Remembering Katyn [4.16.2010]
We remember the Katyn Massacre, the killing of over 20,000 Polish officers and intelligentsia at the start of World War II. Anna Wojtowicz’s father perished on that plane. Also in this episode, Bob Porto is a member of the Tea Party.
Rank #7: A Prisoner And A Guard From The Attica Prison Riots [11.11.2013]
Memories of the Attica Prison uprising of 1971.
Rank #8: Dark Eyeliner And Pringles [10.22.2013]
Dick speaks with Andrea Morales, a photographer who captured the lives of young people in a small town of Ohio. Also in this show: photographer Nina Berman; and the story of a photo of the Cincinnati River in 1848.
Rank #9: The Cost of Truth (09.4.2013)
James Holzrichter became a reluctant whistleblower after finding evidence of misconduct by his employer, Northrop Grumman. He became a pariah in his field, and eventually found himself unemployed, homeless, and unable to protect his family. Also in this show, we honor a former guest, Lindy Linenberger, who survived the Great Depression and Dust Bowl. Lindy died this past summer at the age of 88.
Rank #10: The Modern Midwife: Ina May Gaskin [9.20.2013]
Ina May Gaskin, the midwifery pioneer, on natural birth in America. Also in this show: Three daughters and one son tell the stories of growing up with their mothers’ kitchens in this story by the Kitchen Sisters producers, Nikki Silva and Davia Nelson.
Rank #11: A Tourist And Terrorists [12.2.2008]
Back in 1970, Rich Preyer was on a return flight from Europe when a group of terrorists boarded the plane. He and the other passengers narrowly escaped with their lives. In the years since, Rich has thought often about his chance encounter with a then-nascent militant Palestinian group. He talks with Dick Gordon about what it was like to find himself in the middle of an international terrorist incident long before the world was so familiar with terrorism. Also in this episode: a brush with fame, Michael Rosen meets Dave Brubeck.
Rank #12: Chef and The Farmer [9.12.2013]
A southern girl moves to New York City to become a chef and swears she’ll never look back. But now Vivian Howard is home in rural North Carolina, making southern staples fancy at her restaurant Chef and Farmer.
Rank #13: My Summer At An Indian Call Center [8.20.2013]
Andrew Marantz, who traveled to India to work at a call center, details the reaction he got when he showed up, the accent workers are encouraged to use, and the classes offered to work there. Also in this show: When illustrator James Gulliver Hancock moved to New York City in 2009, he started to get familiar with the city by illustrating its buildings. He has compiled his sketches in the book, “All the Buildings in New York.”
Rank #14: Three Miles Under The Sea [8.14.2013]
Jon Copley dove more than three miles in the first manned mission to the deepest known hot water vents in the world. And even though the purpose was to study life there, he was captivated by what he saw on his way down – and back up. Also in this show: a whale washes up on the shore of Lubec, Maine, and people have different theories about the meaning of its arrival – and how to get rid of it; and author Jeanine Cummins reads from her novel The Crooked Branch.
Rank #15: BEST OF THE STORY: Did The Beatles Steal A Song My Father Wrote? [10.09.2013]
When Michael Humphrey was growing up, he would sometimes hear his father telling strangers a story about how the Beatles stole the composition for “Lady Madonna” from him. Eventually, he looked into the story himself. ALSO TODAY: Jim Sadwith had written the script for his high school play based on J.D. Salinger’s classic “The Catcher and the Rye,” when he decided to look for the reclusive author to get permission to do the play; and Mark Hagerty tells host Dick Gordon how New York City shaped his father and about their special meeting place under Grand Central Station’s clock tower.
Rank #16: Opening A Window: Getting Started As Labor Activists
Workers from a bankrupt window factory in Chicago have opened their own employee-owned cooperative. We look back at the 2008 worker lock-in of the Republic Windows and Doors factory. Also in this show: Host Dick Gordon speaks with two former Chicago factory workers about starting an employee-owned factory; and since the verdict of the Trayvon Martin case, playwright Nicole Anderson Cobb has been thinking about where we, as a country, are.
Rank #17: Uncle Charlie [10.15.2013]
Three-decades of photographs, depicting the tough life and descent of "Uncle Charlie." Plus, an eerie coincidence captured on film, and a story about distance on the highway.
Rank #18: Knock Out Therapy [3.27.2009]
Stacy Nakell has one of the toughest jobs there is. She's a social worker. But she has an extra edge when she tells women that they can find the courage to stand up to a violent person in their lives. Stacy is a boxer in her off-hours. Also in this episode, Lucy Carnaghi about her favorite job, we couldn't resist. For a time, Lucy drove a horse-drawn carriage through the streets of Chicago.
Rank #19: BEST OF THE STORY: Growing Up In The White House [9.28.2013]
Luci Baines Johnson was 16 when her father Lyndon Johnson was thrust into the presidency. When her family moved to the White House, she was fully aware of the tragic reason for their move. ALSO: Buddy Edgerton, a neighbor of the illustrator Norman Rockwell, tells the story of how Rockwell painted people in their small town into what became the most famous portraits of Americana; and John Hope Franklin, who as a young black man in Oklahoma was turned away from and the military, became one of the most respected chroniclers of African-American history.
Rank #20: James On His Own [07.15.09]
James Morrow had some problems growing up and ended up in foster care. That experience was a nightmare. He returned home to try living with his mother again, but ended up dropping out of high school. Shortly after, his family was evicted. For a time, James was living completely on his own - staying with a friend's family, avoiding both school and the state foster care program. That's when he met Dianne Reinhardt, an artisan baker who gave James a job. Also in the show: Life as a school resource officer.